Martin Asbæk Gallery is honoured to once again be able to present the Danish, internationally established
and German settled artist: Sofie Bird Møller and her newest works in the solo exhibition: So ist es – und
anders (EineUntersuchung der Unterflächlichkeit). Opening: June 3rd from 5-7pm in Bredgade 23,
With this exhibition Sofie Bird Møller shows her artistic intelligence and strong ability to incite
thoughts about identity and body image. She raises questions about authenticity and the relationship
between the surface and the underlying meaning in the painting and art in general – which is the
reason for the title of the exhibition. No answers are given, there are purely raised questions about
and altered on the construction we call: the world.
In our hypermodern society vi phase forward in full speed, and time is not something we have a lot of.
In our everyday lives vi have to joggle around in a complex network of information and images. Sofie
Bird Møller opens up for new worlds or spheres with this exhibition, and gives the beholder an
opportunity to stop up and dive down and swim freely in an atmosphere of thoughtful freedom and
crookedness that also draw lines over to dark humour and the more surreal.
A central statement in all of her works are her alteration of the beholders ideas about normality in what
we see on the surface. Whether it is an old cobber- or steel engraving, the bible or a modern
magazine, there immediately pops a kind of compressed image up in our consciousness of what
something like that is supposed to look like.
Placed in front of these worlds the audience is thus met by recognisable materials and motives. For
example a page from a glamourous magazine where Sofie Bird Møller changes the fundamental
expression often quite aggressively so that the intervention is the first thing you see. What you think
you can recognize and cross of in: ”I know what that is” disappears.
The exhibition shows Sofie Bird Møllers new Interferenze and Ex Biblia alongside some big collages, that
all discursively constructs and visualizes her work with what is beneath the surface – the underficiality.
In Interferenze recognisable ad posters and magazine pages are overpainted with both precision and
violence so that the female body parts are partly hidden beneath thick, abstract, strategically placed
layers of paint. Sofie Bird Møller has brought her Interferenze pieces to a new level in this series. She
has used collage techniques to change the painted side. The wood board itself, that the page from
the magazine is put op on has become visible and is thus a part of the final motive, making the
underground visible for the first time .
The Ex Biblia series is made up of 82 prints from a Danish bibel from 1855. With dyed ink Sofie Bird
Møller has painted away parts of the motive and then with pencil drawn the details back in again.
Something you especially can look forward to is her big collages, that attacks society’s female body
imagel, that the media feeds us with. Sofie Bird Møller installs large posters from fashion magazines on
the wall where the translated female body on the motive almost breaks the glueing and is modelled
completely out of proportion.
Through this exhibition Sofie Bird Møller thus shows her great talent for using various mediums,
methods and techniques, where she reacts to the magazinepage she is working with.